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String Theory vol.1 String Theory: An Introduction to the Bosonic String by Joseph Gerard Polchinski
. This is the most recent advanced text covering string theory as we currently understand it. Since the classic and seminal Green, Schwarz and Witten work featured below was last revised in 1988, major revolutions have occurred in the understanding of string physics and mathematics. This first volume covers basics string quantization, conformal field theory, the Polyakov path integral, scattering amplitudes and T-duality. Prerequisites are quantum field theory and general relativity. Buy this book

String Theory: Superstring Theory and Beyond by Joseph Gerard Polchinski
. This second book of Polchinski's set covers supersymmetry and quantization of the superstring and heterotic string, D-branes, strong coupling, compactification and M-theory. Prerequisites are quantum field theory, general relativity and the first book. Buy this book

Superstring Theory Superstring Theory: Introduction by Micheal B. Green, John H. Schwarz, Edward Witten
. Superstring Theory is a two-volume set providing an mathematical intoduction to beginning string theory. The first volume covers the basic bosonic string, the basics of building a supersymmetric string theory, worldsheet vs. spacetime supersymmetry, and tree amplitudes. Buy this book

Superstring Theory: Loop Amplitudes Anomalies and Phenomenology by by Micheal B. Green, John H. Schwarz, Edward Witten
. The second volume of the set Superstring Theory includes the basics of loop amplitude calculations, the cancellation of quantum anomalies in particle and string theory, and the compactification of extra spacetime dimensions. Buy this book

Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory (Graduate Student Series in Physics) by David Bailin, A. Love (Contributor)
. An introductory text for supersymmetry, supergravity, and supersymmetric string theory, assuming prior knowledge of quantum field theory. Topics include supersymmetry algebra and multiplets, Lagrangians for chiral superfields, Lagrangians for vector superfields, pure supergravity, the bosonic string, the heterotic string, direct construction of four-dimensional heterotic string theories, and superstring interactions. Buy this book

Superstrings: The First 15 Years of Superstring Theory by John H. Schwarz, Editor
. A collection of early original papers in superstring theory, this volume is instructive in both physics and in the history of physics. These are the works that started superstring theory before it was a fully credible enterprise as seen by the larger theoretical physics community. This is an essential addition to the library of a string enthusiast. Buy this book

Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings by Brian Hatfield
. A lot of books on quantum field theory are filled with details that add rigor for the expert at the expense of conciseness and clarity for the student. This is a good book that gets to the point, suitable for someone who wants to learn quantum field theory and the basics of string theory. Even though the string section is not up to date with the latest developments, the basics are well developed here, especially classical string theory, a sadly neglected topic. Buy this book

Supersymmetry and Supergravity (Princeton Series in Physics) by Julius Wess, Jonathan Bagger
. This widely acclaimed introduction to N = 1 supersymmetry and supergravity is aimed at readers familiar with relativistic quantum field theory who wish to learn about the supersymmetry algebra. In this new volume Supersymmetry and Supergravity has been greatly expanded to include a detailed derivation of the most general coupling of super- symmetric gauge theory to supergravity. The final result is the starting point for phenomenological studies of supersymmetric theories . Buy this book

Introduction to Supersymmetry Introduction to Supersymmetry by Peter Freund
. A brief introductory description of the new physical and mathematical ideas involved in formulating supersymmetric theories. The basic ideas are worked out in low space dimensionalities and techniques where the formulae do not obscure the concepts. Buy this book
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